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Booboo's Sweet Potato Pies Bring a Taste of Home to Southern California

Booboo’s Sweet Potato Pies Bring a Taste of Home to Southern California

  The Southern staple of sweet potato pie brings more to the table than pumpkin pie.  And not just at Thanksgiving in San Diego. The sign, Booboo’s Sweet Potato Pies, caught my eye at the farmer’s market.  Humm, sweet potato pies in Southern California? My interest was piqued, and I decided to find out more. ...
The Cookie I Discovered On My Visit To New Mexico

The Cookie I Discovered On My Visit To New Mexico

The shape and design of the cookie immediately caught my attention.  After just one bite, I was even more intrigued because it was like no other cookie I’d ever tasted before.  I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and this biscochito cookie just happens to be the state’s official cookie. Biscochito cookies are a long-time tradition...
River Cruising Through The Netherlands and Belgium

River Cruising Through The Netherlands and Belgium

I saw the AMA Waterways ship moored early at the dock in Amsterdam and stepped on board.  It was just the beginning of sailing for 7 days with tulip and chocolate anticipation. Seven days ahead of river cruising and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation...
7 San Diego Hidden Gems

7 San Diego Hidden Gems

San Diego is a top tourist destination and these 7 informal and friendly activities need to be on your radar. Sure, there are many popular tourist spots but these chosen places around San Diego County may surprise you. In fact, you’ll want to return and explore more in the uncrowded and inexpensive attractions. Take in...
Kitchens For Good Cooks Up Change

Kitchens For Good Cooks Up Change

My article was published in the Food Wine Travel Magazine winter 2020 issue.  Unfortunately,  single articles cannot be downloaded, so this is the best copy for my site.  If you’d like to move the slide to page 72 you’ll find the article. Thanks for understanding.  
Barrio Logan, San Diego-Food and Arts with Mexican Roots

Barrio Logan, San Diego-Food and Arts with Mexican Roots

Las Cuatro Milpas Get there early and forget your diet, my friend told me. Lunchtime at Las Cuatro Milpas on Logan Avenue is known for long lines and authentic Mexican food in San Diego. Waiting in line is worth it because once inside, aromas of home-cooked Mexican food take over the senses. The menu is...
Jerusalem Mediterranean Grill-Kosher in Las Vegas

Jerusalem Mediterranean Grill-Kosher in Las Vegas

I figured I’d order a Greek salad when my husband said we were going to a Mediterranean restaurant for lunch.  Little did I know my previous experiences with Mediterranean food were about to be expanded. Away from the strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, and noticeably without the glitz and glamour, we drove into a small...
Knott’s Berry Farm and the Boysenberry Festival

Knott’s Berry Farm and the Boysenberry Festival

A Southern California berry is celebrated at Knott’s Berry Farm with a sweet annual festival. The boysenberry is one of a kind which makes juicy jam and pies, so it’s fitting to honor this prized fruit. The Boysenberry What really is a boysenberry? The berry may look like a blackberry, but it’s a cross between...
Restaurants in Rural California-Santa Barbara, Nipomo, Carmel Valley

Restaurants in Rural California-Santa Barbara, Nipomo, Carmel Valley

California is a trend setter for modern and cutting-edge eateries which garner lots of attention, especially in celebrity studded Los Angeles. However, when it’s time to drive north from Los Angeles, these detours will take you back in time and no one leaves hungry or disappointed. One of the most scenic roadways is the 101...
Danish Kringle Baked in Tucson, Arizona

Danish Kringle Baked in Tucson, Arizona

I was first made aware of Kringle by my neighbor of Danish descent who was from Racine, Wisconsin.  Racine is where Danish immigrants settled and Kringle shops are everywhere. Each year when she returned to Racine to visit family, she’d arrive back home carrying Danish Kringle in her luggage.  I was not familiar with Kringle,...
Dining at the James Beard House, New York City-A Culinary Travelers Dream

Dining at the James Beard House, New York City-A Culinary Travelers Dream

When you are a guest in someone’s home, you try to be respectful. When you’re in the distinguished James Beard’s House, you are very respectful. It was nearly 7 p.m. and we were led into a plain brownstone with a simple plaque at the entrance stating it was the James Beard House. James Beard was...
Celebrate Bastille Day with Macarons at Savannah's Café M French Cafe

Celebrate Bastille Day with Macarons at Savannah’s Café M French Cafe

Aromas of warm butter and standing tall baguettes greeted me as I entered the river front French bistro Café M in Savannah.  In this southern town known for its hospitality and low country cooking, the café combines the charming qualities of the South in a French manner. Located over a foot bridge and with an...